Spot that Plant: Paeonia lactiflora 'Lady Alexandra Duff'


A close-up photo of a beautiful cottage garden peony, Paeonia lactiflora 'Lady Alexandra Duff.' 'Lady Alexandra Duff' is an heirloom variety that dates back to 1902, having been bred by Kelway and Son, once the largest nursery in the world. It takes its name from Lady, later Princess, Alexandra Duff (1891 - 1959), the daughter of Princess Louise of Wales and Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife.

This peony produces clusters of lightly fragrant, large, double pinkish-white ("blush") flowers with yellow stamens. When in full bloom, the exuberantly frilly beauties can usually elicit many an ooh and aah from passersby. Once the blooms die off, the shrub is appreciated by many a gardener for its abundant foliage and graceful habit, filling in mixed or perennial borders with understated refinement. You can find some more information about the plant here. I took this picture during the annual Peony Festival at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. Have you ever spotted this plant? Leave a comment and let us know!

Paeonia lactiflora 'Lady Alexandra Duff' in springtime
by Andrey Korzun on Wikimedia Commons

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